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Physical Activity Emphasized at Childhood Obesity Summit

A meeting of the minds took place in Kentucky last week to brainstorm ways to reduce the state's childhood obesity rate and improve academic performance, according to Kentucky Health News.

Children who are physically active are likely to be better learners, but not enough Kentucky schools seem to put that knowledge into practice, speakers suggested at last week’s Kentucky Summit on Childhood Obesity and Physical Activity.

Kentucky ranks eighth in child obesity.

Educators and health care professionals gathered at the University of Kentucky to discuss polices and programs that would encourage students to be more physically active throughout the day, including during school hours. "It has to be parents and schools and the community and legislators," said Susan Zepeda, president of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "This challenge is about nutrition policies, physical-activity policies and building our environment with health in mind."


Meredith Poppler

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Meredith works daily to grow, protect, and promote the industry by raising awareness of and funding for important public policy issues, while encouraging advocacy, collaboration and leadership within the industry.

Reader Comments (1)

Kids need to play outside and not sit at home playing video games.
November 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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